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 Posted: Sun Feb 4th, 2018 04:56 pm
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Hi everyone newbie here.
A broad question I know, I`ll be staying at the Bontebok park in May this year. I just want to catch something not sit on the bank all day in hope of the big one.
In England I fish for all sorts from roach to carp so I`m interested to find what baits and tackle for what fish.
Its our first stop after arriving in Cape Town and we`ll drive on the N2 to Swellendam, but I can`t find any tackle shops so I`ll have to bring every thing with me from the UK.
Thank you for any help or advice you can give me Good luck and good fishing.

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 Posted: Mon Feb 5th, 2018 01:51 pm
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Hi MFC11, and welcome.

I've not been to Bontebok a few years, not sure how it looks at the moment with the drought / etc.
It's above the weir so purely freshwater species, mainly bass (large and small mouth), carp and barbel (catfish). Also a chance of a couple of indigenous species, mainly yellow fish which is very similar in appearance to a carp but stronger pound for pound.
So typical lures for bass, I had luck there with crankbaits and spinners but would recommend taking a couple soft plastics / surface lures in case - never know what the fish want on the day.
Carp the usual groundbait / boilies will work of course, can't say what flavours / dips are best so maybe try to take a few, something sweet as well as something spicy.
Barbel / catfish take just about old anything, and often they'll pick up your carp bait. I've caught good ones on cheese and leftover bits of meat from the bbq. My PB was on a piece of chocolate brownie!
Tackle shop - Somerset Sport at Somerset Mall is under 5 minutes off the N2 just before Somerset West, you'll find everything you could want / need there.

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 Posted: Mon Feb 5th, 2018 02:27 pm
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There is also basic tackle for sale at the SSK Agriland in Swellendam, in case you run out of something while there.

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 Posted: Wed Feb 7th, 2018 12:57 am
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Thanks lads
From your replies I was thinking about a 9ft 20-50g spinning rod (coz that's what I`ve got) with a baitrunner reel.
Ledgering using a hair rig with easy baits that I could buy in a supermarket like tinned corn, bread and chicken livers, and back that up with a few lures.
Question is what main line strength, what size hooks and do I need wire traces for the lures ?
Sorry for all the questions but this is a family holiday and I`m only getting two days fishing so I`m trying to turn up on the bank ready to fish.
Thanks again for all your help.

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 Posted: Wed Feb 7th, 2018 01:17 pm
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Hey Bud
Personally I'd go with 15lb main line. Does not matter too much for bass with lures, and the catfish are usually not fussy.
For carp I'd anyhow put a braid hook-snood / hair of 20/25lb on - in my experience it works better as it's so soft so they don't feel it when picking up the bait. And best use a natural colour - sand / dark brown.
J-hooks size 2 down to 4 usually work for me with the carp, depends how shy they are biting. 2 works fine for catfish but you could go up / bigger - I've lost a few big ones because the hook was too small. But hooks are relatively cheap / small, I'd bring at least a packet each in size 4 up to 2/0 or 3/0 to be safe.

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 Posted: Sat Feb 10th, 2018 07:42 pm
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Hi Rotsrot
Thanks for the reply and so quick.
All very useful and I`ll pop in to Somerset West just for a look you never know.
Right down to the bear bones, as mentioned in my first post I don`t want to blank so what`s the best species to target,bearing in mind the weather in may (a bit chilly for you and the fish) once the first or second is under the belt then I don`t mind refining tackle for a better fish.
Secondly will a 1 oz lead hold bottom as my rod I had in mind is only a 1.3oz ?
Hope I`m not being a pest and thanks for all your help and advice Mark.

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 Posted: Mon Feb 12th, 2018 11:26 am
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Hi Marc

My pleasure, I hope the advice helps.
May shouldn't be too late for decent fishing - cooling down but still more Autumn than winter - most fish should be in a bit of a feeding frenzy still to fatten up for the coldest months.
I've only been to Bontebok twice, collectively fished 5 days there.
Bass best times are first light / twilight.
Carp you have good odds through the day, I never caught one there in the dark. Same goes for a location about 15km downstream from Bontebok, which I've visited / fished far more times. Just my experience, but I found I had more luck finding carp on shallower / more open banks in the river.
Barbel will bite day and night. Especially in the day try to put your bait in deeper water / near structure or weedbeds.
1oz is a little light but should be ok unless we get huge rain before you get there - with the drought the river is hardly flowing right now. But try and get a flat / spoon-shaped sinker that won't roll too easily.

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 Posted: Sun Feb 18th, 2018 01:20 pm
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Hi Rotsrok
Sorry for the delay but been busy away with work.
Thanks for the advice and I`m already getting ready.
I know its a while off but it can`t come soon enough.
Hopefully on my return I`ll be able to put up a photo of my catch,gotta go with a positive attitude.
Thanks again and good fishing Cheers Mark.

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